Presidents Report



I'm very happy to report another successful year in providing tennis coaching to underprivileged and disadvantaged kids in Australia. The Ken Rosewall Regional Project launched in February 2016 continues to reach out to kids in regional schools. The feedback from all involved including teachers, coaches, parents and above all the students is positive and enthusiastic. We also conduct KTF programs in many suburban disadvantaged schools.  We continue to be extremely grateful for the ongoing support from CQS, The Yulgilbar Foundation (Myer Family) and the International Club Philanthropy along with Tennis Australia.


A new fund raising initiative introduced last year at the Annual KTF Gala Ball was our Gold Medal Supporter Campaign. Each fully tax deductable donation of $5,000 will provide coaching for an extra 200 underprivileged children across the year. Our Honour Board already includes: REIV Charitable Foundation, Abbe Corrugated Cardboard Packaging and Ray Horsburgh AM along with several anonymous donors. A simple phone call to our CEO Susie Norton is all that's needed to make your donation and become a part of our Honour Board.


Mention was made in our last newsletter of a donation from The Mitchellake Group who wanted to provide an annual contribution to honour Mikey De Courtney Feeney, a passionate Tennis Player, Fan and Coach to underprivileged kids in Sydney. This was a wonderful gesture which I want to again recognise and re iterate our heartfelt thanks. As a lover of tennis and a supporter of KTF, you might like to consider a small bequest in your will for the ongoing benefit to our underprivileged kids.


So much of our ongoing success as a welfare charity is due to volunteers. I particularly want to highlight our Social Committee, namely Jane Anderson, Jody Costantino, Joan Cubbin (NSW), Louise Higgins, Lesley McNamee, Mandy Nowlan, Sarah Nowlan, Judy Norton, Susie Norton, Julie O’Sullivan and Gianna Trovato. This ever willing group of ladies whom I've listed so I can recognise them individually, continue to produce year after year through hard work and a creative outlook. They are the overwhelming reason for the fantastic success of our Annual Gala Ball and Annual Mother's Day Lunch. Not only do we enjoy great financial success from these events, they make sure we all have a really good time. Be sure to mark Friday 5th October in your organiser for our 2018 Gala Ball at the RACV Club.


Our coaches are also volunteers in a way. We do pay them for their services, but at a rate much lower than they could otherwise command. Most of them have been with us for many years (some 25-30 years) and continue to work hard in their communities in addition to their dedication to KTF. It is this generosity that helps us do what we do so well. Thanks of course to our Board Members for their commitment.  Always looking for new sponsors and providing creative input to improve the role KTF plays in our society.


Finally, all the above are bound together by our wonderful CEO Susie Norton. She is more than just the glue however; she ensures everyone is motivated, administered, directed and enthused.  And she does a very good job of it. Thank you Susie.